I had a friend back when Widescreen DVDs were just starting to come out who hated them because he insisted the black bars were cutting off part of the picture and the "Full Frame" versions were the whole picture. I have a feeling he probably wasn't the only one who thought that.
I shouldn't laugh but that's funny.
Once upon a time I was a manager for RadioShack. I remember a customer coming in to the store thinking their DVD player was defective because of those black bars.
And for me, it's widescreen all the way... when the option exists of course.